I became addicted at a young age. My next door neighbor growing up was an addict, and his addiction became mine. My first set to support my addiction was rescued by my brother from a trashcan on Main Street in the small town we grew up in.

My addiction was golf. I studied it, inside and out. I played it. I watched it. I thought about it – a lot.

Before kids and full-time ministry in Alaska I played more golf than I do now.

After being somewhat away from golf for a while, I recently made an interesting observation. The simplest piece of equipment in golf is the tee. This is the gadget you set the ball on before striking it from the teeing area. Golfsmith, “the world’s largest golf superstore,” sells 77 varieties of golf tees on its website. On page after page you can choose from different lengths, materials, colors and styles – all available to help you play better golf.


Back in the day when I played more golf, pro shops offered a single basket of standard tees, often free, and you’d grab a handful on your way out to the first tee.

Today’s market is flooded with tee selections and I am amazed at what they charge for them. My question is this: Has all of this variety in tees helped make the game more enjoyable for players?

And what about in today’s busy world? Could variety and selection have just as many bad effects as good effects? Has the game of golf given a greater importance to the golf tee than it deserves? Maybe – it’s just a game after all.

Here’s the real question: Is there anything in our lives that we are giving too much undeserved importance to? Life is a delicate balance.

What’s something in your life that feels out of balance, gaining more attention than it deserves?


Published by Arctic Travelogue

We are Southerns by birth, but spent the last 12 years living and working in Alaska with SEND North. We've now relocated to the Lower 48 to continue our ministry. Join us here as we explore what it means to have an expanded worldview, and find some opportunities to become involved!

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